October 5, 2022

Volume XII, Number 278

Ballard Spahr LLP

2019 NLR Thought Leadership Award Ballard SpahrResponsiveness counts. That's what clients tell us, and that's what we're known for. It shows in everything we do: devising forward-thinking solutions to get the best results, respecting and meeting clients' service needs, anticipating the impact of national events and legal developments on clients' interests, and taking action to keep clients agile and informed.

With more than 500 attorneys in 13 offices, we can respond wherever and whenever our clients need us. We provide results-driven counsel and exceptional service in Litigation, Business and Finance, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, and Public Finance.

Diversity + Inclusion at Ballard Spahr

Our clients are best served by innovative solutions that spring from varied viewpoints and perspectives. Ballard Spahr is committed to creating a vibrant community where the needs, perspectives, and contributions of people from all backgrounds are valued and integrated into all aspects of the firm. In addition to making us a stronger firm, a diverse and inclusive community is valuable to our clients because varied perspectives drive insightful counsel.

We believe diversity is the natural result of an inclusive environment. Our goal is to improve employee recruitment and retention among underrepresented groups and ensure full access to opportunity for all individuals to the benefit of our clients, the legal profession, and our communities. That’s more than just a good business strategy—it is the right thing to do.

Contributing authors from Ballard Spahr LLP:

Dennis Burke, Ballard Spahr, litigation lawyer
Dennis K. Burke focuses his practice on white collar crime, internal investigations, commercial litigation, and government relations. Mr. Burke served as U.S. Attorney for the District of...
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Thomas Burke Associate
Thomas F. Burke focuses his practice on internal investigations, regulatory compliance, and government enforcement defense. Tom joined the firm in 2015 after federal district and appellate...
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Elisabeth R. Connell, Litigation attorney, Ballard Spahr
Elisabeth R. Connell represents clients in commercial litigation matters, including lead-based paint claims, labor and employment law issues, and insurance coverage and defense. Judicial...
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To keep you informed of the latest developments in the rapidly evolving regulation of consumer financial services, we have expanded the scope of our award-winning CFPB Monitor blog. Our new...
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Jason Cover, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Philadelphia, Finance Law Attorney
Jason M. Cover is an associate in the Business and Finance Department and a member of the Consumer Financial Services Group. As part of his practice, he provides counsel with respect to...
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Peter Cubita, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Financial services attorney
Peter N. Cubita is one of the leading consumer financial services attorneys in the country, having practiced in the area for more than 30 years. His experience is wide-ranging, encompassing...
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Culhane, Ballard, Partner
John L. Culhane, Jr., is known for his work advising on interstate direct and indirect consumer and residential mortgage loan and leasing programs, through both traditional brick-and-mortar...
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Kevin R. Cunningham focuses on health care and higher education finance, student loan revenue bonds, transportation (bridge toll revenue bonds and passenger rail), and traditional municipal...
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Tanya M. Curcio Of Counsel Ballard Spahr Law Firm
Tanya M. Curcio advises clients on matters involving trademark and copyright acquisition, prosecution, use, licensing, and enforcement. She develops global strategies for registration and...
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Bill Curran, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Las Vegas, Real Estate Attorney
Bill Curran concentrates on administrative and government law, particularly in the areas of real estate development, land use/zoning, and gaming law. He has built a strong gaming practice...
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Andrew N. D’Aversa, attorney, Ballard Spahr Law FIrm, Philidelphia
Andrew N. D’Aversa is a litigation associate in the Philidelphia, Pennsylvania office of Ballard Spahr Law Firm.
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Elliot I. Griffin, Ballard Spahr, Litigation lawyer
Elliot Imani Griffin is an associate in the Litigation Department who focuses her practice on labor and employment matters. During law school, Elliot interned with Exelon Corporation, a...
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Terence Grugan, Attorney, Ballard
Terence M. Grugan is an associate in the firm's White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. In his white collar practice, Terence represents...
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Gerald Guarcini, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Philadelphia, Corporate and Finance Law Attorney
Gerald J. Guarcini is the Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Securities Group. His experience encompasses general corporate and securities law, covering business acquisitions and mergers,...
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Teri Guarnaccia, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Baltimore, Finance Law Attorney
Teri M. Guarnaccia is known for her work on real estate finance transactions, including representation of large institutional lenders. She has a particular focus on the public finance area...
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Michael Guerrero, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Los Angeles, Finance Law Attorney
Michael R. Guerrero’s practice is focused on helping clients navigate the requirements of highly regulated, consumer-focused industries including consumer financial services, telemarketing...
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Gretchen Gurstelle, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Minneapolis, Corporate Law Litigation Attorney
Gretchen Gurstelle is a skilled advocate and litigator with experience trying cases to juries and judges in federal and state court. Gretchen guides clients through all stages of federal...
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Brian Huben, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Los Angeles, Bankruptcy Law Attorney
Brian D. Huben focuses his practice on the representation of commercial landlords and shopping center owners, managers, and developers, representing them in commercial litigation in state...
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Tara Humma Litigation Attorney
Tara L. Humma is an associate in the Litigation Department who focuses on labor and employment matters. Tara defends clients in all phases of employment litigation, from initial pleadings,...
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Courtney Hunter, Ballard Spahr, Real estate lawyer
Courtney E. Hunter handles a wide range of complex affordable housing development and real estate transactions involving low income housing tax credits, private financing, bond financing,...
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Kelley Kindig, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Labor and Employment Litigation Attorney
Kelly T. Kindig represents public and private employers in a broad range of employment litigation and counseling and labor matters. She helps clients develop employment policies relating to...
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Adrian King Attorney Ballard Spahr Partner Philadelphia
Adrian R. King, Jr., is Co-Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs and Contracting Group. Adrian focuses on general business and corporate law,...
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Ashley Kissinger, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Denver, Media Litigaton Attorney
Ashley Kissinger defends content publishers in trial and appellate courts nationwide and helps them reduce their legal risk. For nearly two decades she has represented news, entertainment,...
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Heather Klein, Associate
Heather S. Klein advises institutions on federal and state consumer finance laws, including those governing fair lending, credit reporting, privacy, marketing, payments, debt collection,...
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Philip B. Korb, Ballard Spahr, real estate lawyer
Philip B. Korb is well known for his work in real estate development, real estate acquisitions and financings, real estate taxation, leasing, condominium and planned community development,...
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Wendi Kotzen, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Philadelphia, Tax Law Attorney
Wendi L. Kotzen is the Co-Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Tax Group. She advises clients on the taxation of all types of real estate transactions, has an extensive background in...
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Evan W Krick, white collar defense, civil litigation, Delaware, lawyer, Ballard Spahr, Law Firm
Evan W. Krick focuses on white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on the banking and health care industries. 
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Joanna Kunz, Associate
Joanna Hess Kunz focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation in both state and federal court, including experience in white collar defense, securities litigation, contract...
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Matthew Kussmaul Criminal Code Lawyer Ballard
A former Ballard Spahr Summer Associate, Matthew Kussmaul most recently worked to revise a newly developed criminal code for the nation of Somalia. As a criminal law consultant for the...
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Jeremy Kutner, Litigation, Entertainment, Media, New York
Mr. Kutner represents media clients in a wide range of content-related matters, including cases involving defamation, access to courts and sealed documents, intellectual property, and...
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Robert B. McKinstry, Jr., Environment, Climate Change, Sustainability, Philadelphia, Ballard Spahr Law FIrm
Robert B. McKinstry, Jr., is the Leader of Ballard Spahr's Climate Change and Sustainability Initiative. Mr. McKinstry rejoined the firm in 2007 after a six-year term as the Maurice K....
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Rene McNulty Consumer Finance Attorney
Rene McNulty is an associate in the Litigation Department and member of the firm's Consumer Financial Services Group. Rene represents a wide range of companies in complex, high-risk...
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David H. Medlar Of Counsel Ballard Spahr Business and Transactions, Consumer Financial Services, Banking and Financial Services, Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency, Fintech
David H. Medlar represents financial institutions, retailers, and corporations in a range of consumer financial services matters, particularly the development and implementation of co-...
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Rachel Mentz, Litigator, intellectual property, trade secrets, Ballard Spahr Law FIrm, Denver, Colorado
As an experienced trial attorney, Rachel R. Mentz works with clients to resolve complex disputes both in and out of court. Ms. Mentz draws from her prior career as a teacher to counsel...
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Dirk Michaels, Environmental Lawyer, Ballard Spahr
Dirk Michels, a partner in the Energy and Project Finance Group, is one of the leading energy technology and renewable energy attorneys in California. He represents energy technology and...
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Corinne A. Militello, Ballard Spahr, Intellectual property lawyer
Corinne Militello advises on trademarks and copyrights, advertising, and internet issues, as well as on privacy and data security matters relating to the collection, use, sharing, and...
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Fred H. Miller Financial Attorney Ballard Spahr Law Firm
Fred H. Miller serves as special counsel in Ballard Spahr's Consumer Financial Services Group and is a leading authority on Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) matters and payment systems—both...
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Barbara S. Mishkin, Ballard Spahr, Philadelphia, Deceptive Practices Lawyer, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Gramm Leach Bliley
Barbara Mishkin focuses on consumer compliance and banking law. The federal laws with which Ms. Mishkin has dealt extensively include the Truth in Lending Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act...
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Maxwell Mishkin, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Washington DC, Litigation and Media Law Attorney
Maxwell S. Mishkin counsels and litigates on behalf of news, entertainment, and other media clients in a wide range of matters. While in law school, Max was a student director of Yale's...
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Amber Mohr, Baltimore, real estate attorney, ballard spahr law firm
Amber Mohr is an associate whose practice focuses on representing developers and public housing authorities in complex multifamily affordable housing developments using mixed-finance...
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Judy Mok Business and Finance Attorney
Judy Mok has extensive experience negotiating complex payments transactions for some of the world's largest retailers and financial institutions. Her practice is in the payments space, with...
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David Mooers Putzer, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Salt Lake City, Finance Litigation Attorney
David Mooers-Putzer represents a diverse array of clients in a variety of areas, including consumer financial and mortgage banking services, complex civil litigation, business governance...
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Kristen Poetzel, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Philadelphia, Finance and Cybersecurity Law Attorney
Kristen Poetzel is an associate in the firm's Privacy and Data Security Group who concentrates on data privacy and cybersecurity matters, including breach response and investigation, risk...
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Maraya N. Pratt, Ballard Spahr, litigation lawyer
Maraya N. Pratt is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department. Prior to joining the firm, Maraya’s practice focused on civil litigation within the insurance industry, including...
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Christopher Proczko Federal Civil Rights Lawyer Ballard
Christopher Proczko is a trusted litigator and skilled advocate who protects his clients' interests, both in and out of the courtroom. He has broad experience litigating in state and...
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Sarah E. Pruett litigation lawyer Ballard Spahr
Sarah Pruett represents clients in complex commercial litigation and employment matters, with an emphasis on defending banks and corporations in lawsuits involving federal and state...
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Brian Slagle, Philadelphia lawyer, Ballard Spahr law firm
Associate
Brian J. Slagle is an associate in the Business and Finance Department and a member of the Consumer Financial Services Group. His practice focuses on providing regulatory advice to clients...
215-864-8472
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Patricia Smith, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, New Jersey, Labor and Employment Litigation Attorney
Partner
Patricia A. Smith represents management in all areas of employment and labor law and litigation. She has experience in a variety of industries, including health care, transportation,...
856-873-5521
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John Socknat, Partner
Partner
John D. Socknat is the Co-Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Mortgage Banking Group. John uses his knowledge and breadth of the business issues affecting the residential and commercial...
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Dee Spagnuolo, Corporate lawyer, Ballard Spahr
Partner
Dee Spagnuolo is the firm's Partner in Charge of Attorney Career Advancement and a member of the Executive Team of the Management Committee. Dee's practice focuses on the representation of...
1215.864.8312
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Tesia Stanley, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Salt Lake City, Finance Law Attorney
Associate
Tesia N. Stanley is an associate in the Public Finance and Litigation Departments. Tesia is a former staff member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. Before that, she was a...
801-517-6825
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David Stauss, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Denver, Privacy and Litigation Attorney
Partner
David M. Stauss focuses on complex business and commercial litigation in state and federal courts. He handles all aspects of litigation on a wide range of substantive matters for clients,...
303-299-7363
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Taylor Steinbacher Attorney Ballard Spahr
Attorney
Taylor Steinbacher’s practice focuses on consumer financial services and commercial litigation, including individual actions and class action defense. He regularly represents businesses...
424-2040-4340
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Wesley S. Stevenson, associate, philadelphia, pennsylvania, litigation, Ballard Spahr, lease, contract, sales agreements
Associate
Wesley S. Stevenson is a member of the firm's Litigation Department. As a summer associate for Ballard Spahr, Ms. Stevenson assisted in structuring lease, contract, and sales agreements and...
215-864-8168
R. Stephen Stigall, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, New Jersey, Philadelphia, White Collar Litigation Attorney
Partner
R. Stephen Stigall served more than 15 years as an Assistant Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden, N.J., and was the Attorney-in-Charge of that office for more than five years...
215-864-8369
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Ronald Stolkin, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Phoenix, Labor and Employment Litigation Attorney
Of Counsel
Ronald J. Stolkin focuses on counseling management on personnel practices, employee discipline, and labor relations. He has represented clients in a broad range of employment-related issues...
602-798-5536
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Steve Suflas, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Denver, Labor and Employment Litigation Attorney
Partner
Steven W. Suflas is Managing Partner of the Denver and Boulder offices and a nationally recognized thought leader on labor and employment issues. He represents management in all phases of...
303-299-7326
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Michael Sullivan, Ballard Spahr Law Firm, Washington DC, Litigation and Media Law Attorney
Partner
Michael D. Sullivan has represented journalists, newspapers, syndicated columnists, production companies, networks, and news sources in high-stakes libel, privacy, entertainment, and...
202-508-1116
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Christoper Willis, Partner, Ballard Spahr law firm, Consumer Financial Services Litigation attorney
Christopher J. Willis is Practice Leader of the firm's Consumer Financial Services Litigation Group. He devotes his practice to assisting financial services institutions facing government...
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